First Nations Studies

Is First Nations Studies for you?

First Nations Studies partners with Indigenous and other communities and individuals to build dynamic relationships that restore and revitalize traditional knowledges, ancient and modern aesthetics, languages and literatures.

As a community of learners, we connect and honour academic rigor and Indigenous perspectives through activist research, creative production, and community engagement.

First Nations Studies offers sequential, comprehensive learning rooted in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal logic, methodology, practice and theory.

Engaging and interdisciplinary, First Nations Studies courses address, inform and reflect a wide range of academic disciplines including Archaeology, History, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Linguistics, Cultural Resource Management, Sociology and Anthropology, Fine Arts, Criminology, English, and more.

Current program offerings include: Major/Minor/Joint Majors/Post-baccalaureate diplomas/certificates and co-op.

Where to go from here?

  • Aboriginal community administration and leadership
  • Policy analysis or research
  • First Nations environmental and heritage resource management
  • Community activism
  • Secondary or post-secondary teaching
  • Aboriginal language instruction
  • First Nations museology and art
  • Law, human rights and justice
  • Consulting on First Nations in the private or public sector
  • Cultural resource management in First Nations communities
  • Public administration, civil service and governance
  • Media

Get in Touch

ContactPhil Cunningham, Academic Advisor, and visit us online.

Want to know more?

Learners gain expertise in the study of traditional and contemporary issues.

Designed for all students, our focus is on the study of the traditional and contemporary cultures, languages, and histories of First Nations, as well as "Indian-White" relations, the development of federal and provincial policies toward Indigenous peoples, Aboriginal rights and title questions, economic development, self-government, and intergenerational issues.

In our program you will:

  • Engage in comprehensive and interactive learning
  • Gain expert traditional knowledge
  • Study contemporary intersectionality
  • Learn from Indigenous faculty and experts
  • Develop your social research and hands-on skills
  • Engage in peer learning

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The application deadline for Spring 2020 admission
is September 15, 2019.

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Dr. Rudy Reimer describes FNST 212: Indigenous Perceptions of Landscape.

Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn describes FNST 403: Traditional Knowledge in the Modern World.